[Spellyans] An Abecedary Kernowek

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Sun Mar 29 08:16:44 BST 2009

Just for the sake of interest, Dick Gendall (after F.W.P. Jago) gives:

aa, bee, zee, dee, ee, aaf, jee, aatch, eye, jaa, kaa, ael, ame, ane,  
o, pee, koo/kiew, ar, ess, tee, oo/yiew, vey, double yiew, ex, whye,  
zad  (Practical Dictionary of Modern Cornish 1997, P. XI).


On 28 Mer 2009, at 22:06, Michael Everson wrote:

> You all know how fond I am of alphabets. I'd like to establish  
> letter-names for the Cornish alphabet.
> I have seen lists, both from KK and from other sources, which treat  
> "some digraphs as letters, but that practice (similar to practice to  
> Welsh and Breton) is outdated; we do not use it in our dictionaries  
> and we have other diagraphs like "sh" and "lh" and "th" and so on.  
> Nevertheless, here is what I have seen:
> Wella Brown's KK alphabet (omits C, Q, X and Z):
> a, be, cha, de, e, ev, ge, ha, i, je, ka, el, em, en, o, pe, ar, es,  
> te, u, ve, we, ye
> An alphabet (possibly from Talek?):
> ah, be, ce, de, edh, e, fe, ge, egh, he, je, ke, el, em, en, o, pe,  
> que, er, es, te, the, u, ve, we, ya, ze
> This is written to fit the Alphabet Song, thus:
> ah be ce de edh e fe
> ge egh he je ke el em
> en o pe que er es te
> the u ve we ya [ha] ze
> As I say, I don't think we can have "ch", "dh", "gh", or "th" as  
> "letters" whilst omitting "sh" and "wh" and so on. In particular  
> since the usage isn't uniform
> I give below a set of letter names for the alphabet in KS.
> Comments, please. In particular, what about "h" and "q" and "r" and  
> "w"?
> A	a	â
> Â	â	â to bian
> À	à	â sogh
> B	b	bê
> C	c	cê
> D	d	dê
> E	e	ê
> Ê	ê	ê to bian
> È	è	ê sogh
> Ë	ë	ê dewboynt
> F	f	ef
> G	g	gê
> H	h	êch
> I	i	î
> Î	î	î to bian
> Ì	ì	î sogh
> J	j	jê
> K	k	kê
> L	l	ell
> M	m	èm
> N	n	èn
> O	o	ô
> Ô	ô	ô to bian
> Ò	ò	ô sogh
> P	p	pê
> Q	q	cû, kuw
> R	r	àr, èr
> S	s	ess
> T	t	tê
> U	u	û
> Û	û	û to bian
> Ù	ù	û sogh
> V	v	vê
> W	w	wê
> X	x	ex
> Y	y	yê
> Ÿ	ÿ	yê dewboynt
> Z	z	zê
> This is not for the Alphabet Song, though all that needs doing for  
> that is to add some ha's and then write two lines for the end of the  
> song:
> â, bê, cê, dê, ê, ef, gê,
> êch, î, jê, kê, ell, èm, èn, ô, pê
> cû, èr, ess, tê, û ha vê,
> wê hag ex ha yê ha zê.
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